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Ramadan Starts Today

Living Together in Peace

Today is being observed as International Day of Living Together in Peace.

The celebration is spearheaded by the United Nations which said that “living together in peace is all about accepting differences and having the ability to listen to, recognize, respect and appreciate others, as well as living in a peaceful and united way.”

The UN General-Assembly has declared every May 16 the International Day of Living Together in Peace as a way of regularly mobilizing the efforts of the international community to promote peace, tolerance, inclusion, understanding and solidarity. The Day aims to uphold the desire to live and act together, united in differences and diversity, in order to build a sustainable world of peace, solidarity and harmony, UN underscored.

The Day urges countries “to further promote reconciliation to help to ensure peace and sustainable development.”

The efforts include working with communities, faith leaders and other relevant actors, through reconciliatory measures and acts of service and by encouraging forgiveness and compassion among individuals.

UN recalled that during the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town.


Muslims start today the observance of the month-long Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During this season, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and spend time for prayers.

Ramadan requires followers of the Islamic faith to refrain from eating, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations.

Ramadan begins when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are elderly, suffering from an illness, travelling, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.

Ramadan is the most sacred among the Muslim religious rites.

Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia

Tomorrow will be marked as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, or IDAHO.

The event is a civil awareness day coordinated by the Paris-based “IDAHO” Committee.

It aims to coordinate international events to garner support for the respect of lesbians and gay rights worldwide. May 17 was chosen as the day of the event because it was on thus day when homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization in 1990.

In 2009 a new petition was launched, in conjunction with other LGBT organizations, and it was supported by more than 300 NGOs from 75 countries and three Nobel Prize winners. And on the eve of the 2009 IDAHO day, France became the first country in the world to officially remove transgender issues from its list of mental illnesses.

Love a Tree Day

Today is being observed in many countries as Love a Tree Day.

The day provides an opportunity for people to show their love for trees, like giving them a big hug.

The act represents appreciation of the significant role in reducing erosion and moderating the climate as well as their value in environmental conservation.

AIDS Vaccine Day

World AIDS Vaccine Day will be marked on Friday.

The day is also known as HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

HIV vaccine advocates mark the day by promoting the continued urgent need for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. They acknowledge and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, supporters and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective AIDS vaccine.

DA & CHED Events

Two government agencies will mark two events this week.

The Commission on Higher Education will celebrate its founding anniversary tomorrow while the Department of Agriculture is marking today its reorganization as covered by President Ferdinand Marcos’ Decree No. 461 issued in 1974.

CHED was established in 1994 by virtue of R. A. 7722.*

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